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Early-bird registration for 'Obesity & Pregnancy' CME Conference ends March 8
TOS
Interested in the tie between pregnancy and obesity? The International Association for the Study of Obesity (IASO) and TOS are co-hosting a new conference entitled, "Obesity and Pregnancy," open to clinicians, midwives, psychologists, nutritionists and basic scientists involved in the field of obesity and reproduction. The conference program will include a balance of basic science, translational research and clinical practice. For more information and to register before the early-bird deadline, please click here.
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Call for papers: Submit your research to both Obesity Journal and Obesity Week
TOS
Get double-recognition for your papers at Obesity Week 2013! The editors of Obesity announced they will be holding the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium at Obesity Week 2013 in Atlanta on Nov. 15, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. They are seeking submissions of high quality manuscripts, of which six winning papers will be selected for the authors to present during the session. The manuscripts will also appear in the conference Abstract Book, and the full papers will be included in the November issue of the Journal. The deadline for submission is April 28, 2013 and the chosen authors will be notified by July 15.

We encourage all authors submitting a manuscript to the 1st Annual Obesity Symposium competition to also submit an abstract to Obesity Week 2013. The Journal’s call for papers will be considered separately from the Obesity Week submissions.

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Leading obesity groups call for considering quality of life when reviewing the economics of bariatric surgery
TOS
TOS joined the American Society of Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery and the Obesity Action Coalition to quickly respond to a JAMA article that raised questions about the cost benefits of bariatric surgery. The three leading obesity groups pointed out that the data available to the researchers who conducted the study was "severely limited" and said any conclusions made as a result of this study should be "made with caution." The groups also asked for putting "health, longevity and quality of life" first rather than focusing solely on the costs. Read the full statement here.
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Health.com asks TOS: 'Why won't the HCG diet craze die?'
TOS
Dr. Jennifer Lovejoy, TOS past president, talked with Health.com about the HCG diet and our recent position statement concluding that the diet is, in fact, not supported by science for the treatment of obesity. After reviewing 24 studies, TOS found that not only was HCG ineffective, it didn't bring about a feeling of well-being, cause fat redistribution, or reduce hunger either. Read more from the interview here.
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March Capitol Update: Administration fails to respond to obesity community's call for coverage of obesity
TOS
In its final regulations governing state health exchanges and guidelines for state essential health benefits, as well as final regulations for Multi-State Plans, the Administration largely ignored the obesity community's call for coverage. Find out more in the TOS Capitol Update here.
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Membership facts: Why most members say they joined
TOS
In a recent TOS membership survey, we identified the top three reasons members joined:
    1) To enhance their credibility as a scientist/physician/other medical professional.
    2) To explore networking opportunities in the field.
    3) To take advantage of discounts on registration fees for the annual meeting (now Obesity Week!).
Click here to tell us why you joined.

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New funding opportunity from the National Eating Disorders Association (NEDA)
TOS
As part of NEDA's work to help those affected by eating disorders, the organization has launched a new initiative, the Feeding Hope Fund for Clinical Research and Training. NEDA is seeking proposals that aim to make a difference in outcomes for people affected by eating disorders, particularly those that focus on developing, testing or sharing information about new, evidence-based treatments. For more information or to submit a letter of intent click here.
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Using electronic medical records? Tell us about it in 'My Community'
TOS
Transitioning from paper to electronic medical record-keeping can be a challenge for any medical practice. But, the time and cost-savings that come with EMRs can make an enormous difference for both healthcare providers and the patients they treat. Share your story about the transition, as well as any recommendations for EMR software with TOS members in "My Community," the TOS social network in MemberClicks. We're looking forward to hearing from you. Click here to sign in and join the conversation.
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3rd Canadian Obesity Summit takes place May 1-4, 2013
TOS
The Canadian Obesity Network invites you to attend the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit, in Vancouver, BC, May 1-4, Canada's only interdisciplinary conference on obesity. The Canadian Obesity Network is dedicated to the prevention and management of obesity and the 3rd Canadian Obesity Summit will focus on improving health systems and services, developing evidence-based policies to prevent obesity and clinical approaches for the management of obesity and its multiple co-morbidities. For more information please click here.
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Job listings exclusively for the obesity community
TOS
Attention employers, recruiters and job seekers! TOS offers an opportunity to connect you with others exclusively in the obesity community through our online Job Center. Jobseekers can post an anonymous resume, search for jobs and create a personalized job alert. Recruiters can post jobs and search for the best candidate all with the click of a button. Check out the TOS Job Center here.
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Congratulations to the New TOS Fellows!
TOS
  • Angelina Cain, MD, FTOS, Tallahassee Memorial Bariatric Center
  • Darlene Berryman, RD, FTOS, Ohio University
  • Paul Franks, PhD, FTOS, Lund University
  • Aaron Kelly, PhD, FTOS, University of Minnesota
  • Cynthia Thomson, PhD, FTOS, The University of Arizona
  • Meg Zeller, PhD, FTOS, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital
Fellowship is one of the highest honors bestowed by TOS and sets you apart by acknowledging your high level contributions to the field of obesity research, treatment and/or prevention. For more information click here.

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OBESITY IN THE NEWS


Give me liberty, and give me government-subsidized broccoli
NPR
Americans are all for government efforts to get them to eat more healthfully, as long as they don't feel like they're being bullied into it. That's what people said in a new survey about government efforts to influence how we eat, like New York City's ban on supersized sodas. In the past decade, state and federal governments have launched dozens of new laws and programs to promote healthful eating and exercise. They've put a lot of effort into measuring what works, but surprisingly little effort into finding out what the people at the receiving end think.
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After tiny school lunchroom changes, teens consume more fruit, veggies
Cornell Chronicle
In attempts to reverse U.S. childhood obesity trends, minimal, inexpensive changes in school lunchrooms yielded a nearly 20 percent increase in fruit consumption and a 25 percent increase in vegetable consumption by middle and high school students, say Cornell researchers in the Journal of Pediatrics.
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Doctors' advice about obesity: It's personal
TIME
Doctors are people too, and their advice to patients about obesity may be colored by their own views on what's responsible for weight gain. To determine how much doctors' own views about the role that diet and nutrition play in a person's weight, researchers led by associate professor Dr. Sara Bleich at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health report in the journal Preventive Medicine on a survey of 500 primary care physicians who answered an online questionnaire.
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Study: Senior obesity and weight gain shouldn't be ignored
The Huffington Post
A new study finds that obese seniors are at greater risk of death than their younger overweight counterparts. Previous research had indicated that an elevated BMI (Body Mass Index) at age 65 and older wouldn't impact one's lifespan and that it may actually extend it. But a new study has discovered the contrary, finding that, as obese Americans grow older, their risk of death grows greater.
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What housework has to do with waistlines
The New York Times
One reason so many American women are overweight may be that we are vacuuming and doing laundry less often, according to a new study that, while scrupulously even-handed, is likely to stir controversy and emotions.
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EU rejects obesity drug Qsiva for the 2nd time
MedPage Today (Login may be required)
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) has again refused to grant approval for the new obesity treatment phentermine/extended-release (ER) topiramate (Qsiva, Vivus) in the European Union. The EMA's Committee for Medicinal Products for Human Use (CHMP) first rejected the product in October but was asked by the company to reexamine the decision.
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The putative 82 causes of obesity
Downey Obesity Report
Morgan Downey has been keeping track of the putative causes of obesity and is now up to 82. Downey doesn't allege they are all correct, but they do exist in the scientific or popular literature, usually both. The links will not take you to a definitive study but only to an example of the debate going on in that area. So, the questions are: First, if a disease (condition) has 82 possible causes, can anyone say we know what the cause is? And secondly, can all these putative causes be correct? In other words, can a diverse collection of events trigger a perturbation in the system to cause obesity?
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'Fat letters' sent to students' homes cause a stir
WHDH-TV
Schools in North Andover, Mass., are trying help students dealing with obesity issues, but some families say the schools are going too far. Cameron Watson, 10, isn't just a strong athlete; he's also a tough fourth grader who didn't let a 'fat letter" sent to his home get him down. "I know I'm not obese so I didn't really care about the letter. I just crumpled it up," Cam Watson said. The letters were sent to plenty of homes throughout the Commonwealth.
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